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Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb hands in resignation

Published 12/09/2015 | 14:49

Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb has handed in his resignation (AP)
Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb has handed in his resignation (AP)

Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb and his Cabinet have resigned after coming under fire for a series of controversial statements and a corruption investigation that led to the arrest of the agriculture minister last week.

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The office of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said that he had accepted the resignation but that the ministers would continue to serve until a new body is appointed.

Agriculture minister Salah el-Din Helal was detained on Monday after tendering his resignation amid an investigation into allegations he and others received more than one million US dollars (£648,000) in bribes.

The Egyptian government has long been plagued by corruption allegations. Mr El-Sissi routinely emphasises that he is fighting corruption.

Mr Mehleb walked out of a press conference in Tunisia earlier this week after being asked about the corruption allegations.

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